The extended/re-edit of Alien 3 is definitely worthy of your attention (it might've even been better if they managed to persuade Fincher to help out.) As for Alien 4... I watched that again last night, and like I said, as a popcorn flick it's fine... it just plays as a bit tacky compared to the other 3. I blame Joss Whedon's script (NEVER should've got him to write it) and the direction of a french guy who had little previous knowledge of the series. Oh, and Winona Ryder... who ruins everything she's in by default.
I disliked AVP... mainly due to the 12 rating on it. How the hell can you make a film with Aliens and Predators and rate it anything but 18? Having said that, Requiem got a harsher rating and sucked for other reasons. (Mainly by betraying certain aspects of the mythology of the two breeds.) I didn't really like the way the Aliens were protrayed as the Predators 'bitches'. That irritated me. It was after the first AVP film that the likes of Ridley Scott stated they would never have anything to do with either franchise ever again. Thankg goodness he reconsidered!
I enjoyed it so much it inspired me to immediately watch the Alien boxset I bought years ago but never watched. Going through all the films again (obviously I had seen them all before multiple times, hence the lack of urgency to watch the boxset), it became suddenly clear that, despite all I had read and knew about it and all that, I'd never actually seen the extended version of Alien 3 all the way through... just finished watching it, and I bloody loved it. Finally I have seen a worthy successor to Aliens. The only problem I have with the series now is Resurrection, which as much as I enjoyed as a popcorn flick, doesn't hond a candle to the toher 3.
And don't get me started on AVP!
Prometheus blew me away and I'm so happy the sequel is going forward. I'm kind of hit and miss with sci-fi but this one really did it for me.
Not that I'm dead against all types of CGI... I finally watched Prometheus last night and was blown away by the visuals. I just believe there is a time and place for everything, and CGI blood replacing blood squibs is just plain old offensive to me.
It's also regarded as general fact that the porn industry, by backing BuRay. are responsible for the death of HD-DVD...much like they did with VHS and Betamax all those years ago. They are the power behind the throne.
Back when widescreen was a new thing I used to collect ONLY widescreen videos. It was a mini celebration every time I got a new one in 2.35:1, and a mini disaster I bought one in 1.85:1, or God forbid 1.77:1 (even if this was the correct aspect ratio.) When something was released in true CinemaScope it was always time to celebrate. That's one thing DVD did for this world... it got everyone watching widescreen at home, which was unthinkable just a few short years earlier.